Ophicleide meaning

ŏfĭ-klīd
A keyed brass instrument of the bugle family with a baritone range that was the structural precursor of the bass saxophone and was replaced by the tuba in orchestras.
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An early, brass musical instrument consisting of a long tube doubled back on itself, with keys for fingering.
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(music) A keyed brass baritone bugle, now replaced by the tuba in orchestral music.
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Origin of ophicleide

  • French Greek ophis snake (from its resemblance to the serpent, a musical instrument) Greek klēis klēid- key

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition